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US and Global Obesity Levels: The Fat Chart


I. Overview US and Global Obesity Levels: The Fat Chart
II. Top 10 Most Obese Countries
III. US Obesity Levels and Rankings by State, 2010
IV. Global Obesity Map
V. 92 Country Global Obesity and Overweight Chart

 
I. Overview
Obesity is usually determined by BMI (body mass index) measurements.  Someone with a BMI of 30 or more is considered obese.

According to the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), from 1960-2006 "the percentage of obese adults ages 20 years and older more than doubled, increasing from 13% to 35%." Between 1980 and 2008 the average body mass index (BMI) increased globally by 0.4 per decade for men and 0.5 per decade for women. [2] [5]

Currently, 21.8% of the total global population [5] and 33.9% of the US population is obese. [1] [4]


II. Top 10 Most Obese Countries (Year of most recent statistics noted in parentheses; data from the World Health Organization.) [7]
 
Top 10 Countries on Earth % Who Are Obese
 
1. Nauru (1994) 78.5%
2. American Samoa (2007) 74.6%
3. Tokelau (2007) 63.4%
4. Tonga (2000) 56.0%
5. Kiribati (2006) 50.6%
6. French Polynesia (1995) 40.9%
7. Saudi Arabia (2000) 35.6%
8. Panama (1999) 34.7%
9. United States of America (2006) 33.9%
10. United Arab Emirates (2000) 33.7%
Top 10 "Industrialized" Countries % Who Are Obese
 
1. United States of America (2006) 33.9%
2. New Zealand (2007) 26.5%
3. Canada (2004) 23.1%
4. Israel (2001) 22.9%
5. United Kingdom (2002) 22.7%
6. Greece (2003) 22.5%
7. Lithuania (2006) 19.7%
8. Poland (2001) 18.0%
9. Hungary (2004) 17.7%
10. France (2007) 16.9%

III. US Obesity Levels and Rankings by State, 2010 (Data from the Centers for Disease Control.) [3]

Alabama #3 32.2% Illinois #19 28.2% Montana #45 23.0% Rhode Island #32 25.5%
Alaska #38 24.5% Indiana #14 29.6% Nebraska #25 26.9% South Carolina #4 31.5%
Arizona #39 24.3% Iowa #18 28.4% Nevada #49 22.4% South Dakota #22 27.3%
Arkansas #12 30.1% Kansas #15 29.4% New Hampshire #36 25.0% Tennessee #9 30.8%
California #40 24.0% Kentucky #5 31.3% New Jersey #42 23.8% Texas #7 31.0%
Colorado #51 21.0% Louisiana #6 31.0% New Mexico #34 25.1% Utah #48 22.5%
Connecticut #47 22.5% Maine #26 26.8% New York #41 23.9% Vermont #43 23.2%
Delaware #20 28.0% Maryland #24 27.1% North Carolina #21 27.8% Virginia #31 26.0%
DC #50 22.2% Massachusetts #44 23.0% North Dakota #23 27.2% Washington #33 25.5%
Florida #28 26.6% Michigan #8 30.9% Ohio #16 29.2% West Virginia #2 32.5%
Georgia #13 29.6% Minnesota #37 24.8% Oklahoma #11 30.4% Wisconsin #30 26.3%
Hawaii #46 22.7% Mississippi #1 34.0% Oregon #27 26.8% Wyoming #35 25.1%
Idaho #29 26.5% Missouri #10 30.5% Pennsylvania #17 28.6%

 
IV. Global Obesity Map (Data from the World Health Organization.) [7]

Map Legend: The darkest red areas on the map (Pacific islands) represent obesity rates of 40% or more. The next darkest areas (US, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Panama, and United Arab Emirates) represent obesity rates of 30-40%. Progressively lighter colors represent 20-30% obesity rates, 10-20% obesity rates, 5-10% obesity rates, and 0-5% obesity rates. The grey areas are not represented on the scale.

 
V. 92 Country Global Obesity and Overweight Chart (Year of most recent statistics noted in parentheses; data from the World Health Organization.) [8]

Country % Who Are Overweight
(BMI of 25 or greater)
Rank
(out of 74)
% Who Are Obese
(BMI of 30 or greater)
Rank
(out of 88)
Respective Years for Data
American Samoa 93.5% #1 74.6% #2 2004, 2007
Australia 49.0% #32 16.4% #35 2005, 2005
Austria 42.0% #49 11.0% #64 2008, 2008
Bahrain 61.2% #14 28.9% #12 1999, 1999
Barbados 60.4% #16 N/A N/A 2001, N/A
Belgium 44.1% #43 10.8% #65 2004, 2004
Bosnia and Herzegovina 62.9% #10 21.7% #24 2002, 2002
Brazil 40.6% #52 11.1% #63 2003, 2003
Bulgaria 46.0% #37 12.4% #57 2001, 2001
Canada 59.1% #18 23.1% #18 2004, 2004
Chile 59.7% #17 21.9% #23 2003, 2003
China 18.9% #64 2.9% #82 2002, 2002
Colombia 46.0% #38 13.7%  #53 2007, 2007
Croatia 61.4% #13 22.3% #22 2003, 2003
Cuba 42.5% #48 11.8% #61 2002, 2002
Cyprus 46.0% #39 12.3% #59 2003, 2003
Czech Republic 51.7% #30 15.1% #46 2002, 2002
Denmark 41.7% #50 11.4% #62 2000, 2006
Dominican Republic N/A N/A 16.4% #36 N/A, 1998
Egypt 66.0% #8 30.3% #11 2006, 2006
Eritrea 13.7% #66 3.3% #78 2004, 2004
Estonia 42.8% #46 14.4% #48 2004, 2004
Fiji 56.2% #23 23.9% #16 2004, 2004
Finland 48.8% #33 15.7% #42 2008, 2008
France 49.3% #31 16.9% #34 2007, 2007
French Polynesia 73.7% #3 40.9% #6 1995, 1995
Gambia 10.4% #69 2.3% #84 1996, 1996
Germany 66.5% #7 12.9% #56 2003, 2003
Ghana 11.2% #68 3.1% #80 1989, 1989
Greece 57.1% #19 22.5% #21 2003, 2003
Hungary 53.2% #27 17.7% #30 2004, 2004
Iceland 48.2% #35 12.4% #58 2002, 2002
India 4.5% #72 0.7% #87 1998, 1998
Indonesia 13.4% #67 2.4% #83 2001, 2001
Iran 42.8% #47 14.2% #51 2005, 2005
Ireland 56.8% #21 13.0% #55 1999, 2002
Israel 61.9% #12 22.9% #19 2001, 2001
Italy 44.0% #44 9.8% #68 2005, 2005
Japan 23.2% #63 3.1% #81 2004, 2001
Jordan 57.0% #20 19.5% #28 2004, 2004
Kiribati 81.5% #2 50.6% #5 2006, 2006
Kuwait 64.2% #9 28.8% #13 2000, 2000
Kyrgyzstan 35.0% #57 8.7%  #71 1993, 1993
Lao 8.5% #70 1.2% #86 2000, 2000
Latvia 45.2% #40 15.6% #44 2006, 2006
Lebanon N/A  N/A 13.5% #54 N/A, 2004
Lesotho 36.6% #55 N/A N/A 2002, N/A
Lithuania 52.0% #29 19.7% #27 2006, 2006
Luxembourg 35.0% #58 9.0% #70 1997, 1997
Madagascar N/A N/A 2.1% #85 N/A, 2005
Malaysia N/A N/A 16.3% #37 N/A, 2006
Malta N/A N/A 20.7% #26 N/A, 2007
Mauritius N/A N/A 14.4% #49 N/A, 1998
Mexico N/A N/A 23.6% #17 N/A, 2000
Mongolia 31.6% #61 9.8% #69 2005, 2005
Morocco 35.4% #56 16.0% #40 1999, 2000
Nauru N/A N/A 78.5% #1 N/A, 1994
Netherlands N/A N/A 10.0% #66 N/A, 1997
New Zealand 62.7% #11 26.5% #14 2007, 2007
Norway 44.0% #45 10.0% #67 2009, 2009
Pakistan 14.4% #65 3.4% #77 1994, 1994
Panama 67.4% #5 34.7% #8 1999, 1999
Peru N/A N/A 16.3% #38 N/A, 2000
Philippines 55.4% #24 4.3% #76 2003, 2003
Poland 52.2% #28 18.0% #29 2001, 2001
Portugal 53.5% #25 14.2% #52 2005, 2005
Republic of Korea 32.1% #60 3.2% #79 2007, 2001
Romania 41.7% #51 8.6% #72 2000, 2000
Saudi Arabia 72.5% #4 35.6% #7 2000, 2000
Serbia and Montenegro N/A N/A 17.4% #31 N/A, 2000
Seychelles N/A N/A 25.1% #15 N/A, 2004
Singapore 32.5% #59 6.9% #75 2004, 2004
Slovakia 46.7% #36 14.3% #50 2002, 2002
Slovania N/A N/A 15.0% #47 N/A, 2001
South Africa 45.1% #41 21.6% #25 1998, 1998
Spain 53.4% #26 15.6% #45 2007, 2007
Sweden 45.0% #42 12.0% #60 2009, 2009
Switzerland 37.3% #53 8.2% #73 2007, 2007
Thailand 31.5% #62 7.8% #74 2003, 2003
Tokelau N/A N/A 63.4% #3 N/A, 2007
Tonga N/A N/A 56.0% #4 N/A, 2000
Tunisia N/A N/A 17.2% #32 N/A, 1997
Turkey 56.4% #22 16.1% #39 2007, 2007
United Arab Emirates N/A N/A 33.7% #10 N/A, 2000
United Kingdom 61.0% #15 22.7% #20 2002, 2002
United States 66.9% #6 33.9% #9 2006, 2006
Uruguay N/A N/A 17.0% #33 N/A, 1998
Vanuatu 48.8% #34 15.9% #41 1998, 1998
Viet Nam 5.2% #71 0.5% #88 2002, 2000
Zimbabwe 37.3% #54 15.7% #43 2005, 2005
Country % Who Are Overweight
(BMI of 25 or greater)
Rank
(out of 74)
% Who Are Obese
(BMI of 30 or greater)
Rank
(out of 88)
Respective Years for Data
 

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  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Defining Overweight and Obesity," www.cdc.gov, June 21, 2010

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